November 17, 2017
Jaguar Classic XKSS continuation crowned Car of the Year at 2017 Octane Awards
- Octane readers vote continuation Jaguar XKSS their Car of the Year, ahead of an all-star cast of concours and race-winning classics
- Jaguar Land Rover Classic receives Manufacturer Heritage Collection of the Year in recognition of its commitment to both marques at new Classic Works facility
- Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations Managing Director, John Edwards, accepts awards at prestigious ceremony held at The Underglobe in London
London, UK: Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) Classic enjoyed a double victory at the 2017 Octane Awards, held in London this week. The ‘Legends Continued’ Jaguar XKSS continuation was crowned 2017 Car of the Year and JLR Classic also received the Manufacturer Heritage Collection of the Year accolade.
Dubbed the original supercar, the XKSS was introduced by Jaguar in 1957 as a road-going conversion of the Le Mans-winning D-type racing car. Nine original XKSSs were earmarked for export to North America in 1957, but were sadly lost in a fire at Jaguar’s Browns Lane factory in Coventry that same year; meaning only 16 of the planned 25 examples were completed – until this year, when Jaguar Classic set about completing the missing nine cars.
The Jaguar Classic team’s attention to detail, for a fiendishly complicated project, saw the XKSS secure the most votes from Octane’s magazine readers and website visitors.
John Edwards, managing director, special operations, JLR, said, “It is a huge honour to receive such a prestigious award for the XKSS, 12 months to the day since the continuation Car Zero made its global debut in Los Angeles.”
“Since then we have launched Range Rover and Jaguar Reborn restoration programmes, and shown the inventive fully electric Jaguar E-type Zero too. All of these projects, and more, come to life at our brand-new home – Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works – so we’re delighted that our team’s enthusiasm, expertise and support for the heritage of Jaguar and Land Rover has also been recognised,” Mr Edwards added.
Each of the XKSSs are assembled at the newly opened JLR Classic Works facility near Coventry, which houses JLR’s collection of more than 500 vehicles – a living assembly of British motoring history. Collection vehicles are also available for loan to car clubs and museums, and for JLR and its partners, to showcase at events in addition to providing an invaluable reference for its authentic restorations.
This year’s Octane Awards were judged by 22 renowned members of the classic motoring world, including five times Le Mans winner Derek Bell MBE, Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, and TV personality Jay Leno.